Diabetes mellitus can be virtually harmless if controlled, but the state of abnormally high blood glucose levels associated with the condition can lead to some serious complications. If left uncontrolled for a long time, or if diabetic patients fail to adapt their lifestyles in order to manage the disease, they will have more difficulty preventing complications from occurring. A serious complication that diabetics may encounter are diabetic wounds. The main concern with diabetic wounds is poor or delayed healing. Healing problems are caused by the peripheral arterial diseases and peripheral neuropathy that can occur with diabetes, wherein the small blood vessels in different parts of the body, especially in the extremities (hands and feet), grow narrower and reduce the blood circulation to those areas. A lack of circulation in the extremities can result in a reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients to the body tissue and nerves, which is necessary for healing. Over time, nerves in these areas may become damaged, decreasing the sensation of pain, temperature and touch, making patients vulnerable to injury. The best treatment is prevention since medical treatment for diabetic wounds provides limited help.
- Track 1-1 Diabetic foot ulcer
- Track 2-2 Diabetic dermopathy
- Track 3-3 Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment